Current Affairs World December 2016

Afghan Peace | Editorial

IT was a strange spectacle, but nevertheless one that may yield some positive results. Russia, China and Pakistan meeting to discuss Afghanistan without the presence of Afghan representatives seems a recipe for adding to the contradictions and confounding regional dilemmas that bedevil Pakistan’s neighbour to the west.”

Read more December 30

Geo-Politics and Afghanistan By Imtiaz Gul

A new regional dynamism on peace and conflict led by Russia and China has emerged. With the presence of armed groups and the emergence of new terrorists bands such as Daesh there, Afghanistan remains at the of these new developments. ”

Read more December 29

UN Under Siege By Trump – OpEd By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

In an ominous sign of things to come, US President-elect Donald Trump has unleashed a fury of verbal assaults on the UN for daring to take action on Israel’s illegal settlement activities in the occupied territories. ”

Read more December 28

IAEA and Nuclear Security By Rizwan Asghar

No system of safeguards that can be devised will of itself provide an effective guarantee against the production of atomic weapons by a nation bent on aggression.”

Read more December 28

A New Global Order is Emerging By Shahid Javed Burki

While some of Trump’s egregious promises made during the over-charged electoral campaign will go unimplemented, his worldview will no doubt hasten the emergence of a new global arrangement.

Read more December 26

Vladimir Putin Expresses Hope For Improved Russia-US Relations By Max Seddon

Russian President Vladimir Putin has written to Donald Trump to express his hope that Moscow and Washington improve relations after the US president-elect is inaugurated on January 20.

Read more December 24

The Challenges of Globalisation By Yusuf H. Shirazi

There was the British Empire on which the sun did not set. Then, there were the Portuguese and the French colonies. South East Asia was under the domination of Japan.

Read more December 23

The End of the End of the Cold War By Julia Ioffe

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Soviet Union ceased to exist and the Cold War ended. Moscow lost, Washington won. I’m not one for historical anniversary stories, but this one seems to me to be truly significant, though mostly in its breach.

Read more December 23

The Crisis in U.S.-Israeli Relations By Philip Gordon

Is the U.S.-Israeli relationship in serious trouble? Do the publicdisputes of the past few years—overIran, the Palestinians, and the state of Israel’s democracy—represent nothing more than the latest round of a longstanding family feud, or do they amount to a more fundamental breach?

Read more December 22

The Undiplomatic Style of American Diplomacy By Jon B. Alterman

Politicians and diplomats are typically a study in opposites. Politicians try to drive the behavior of crowds by attracting attention and exciting passions. Diplomats tend to distrust crowds, and they often work in the shadows to build agreement with a small number of partners. ”.

Read more December 22

With Trump, The US Foreign Policy Framework Is At Risk By Robert Zoellick

Now that president-elect Donald Trump has selected his national security team, what course will he set? In a recent interview Henry Kissinger, the US secretary of state in the 1970s, cautions that “America has conceived of foreign policy as a series of discrete challenges to be addressed as they arise on their merits rather than as part of an overall design”.

Read more December 17

How To Reform The United Nations – OpEd By Matthew Parish

It is time for a new and streamlined structure for legal and institutional accountability across the United Nations and its specialised agencies. There is much work to be done.

Read more December 17

The Indo-Japanese Nuclear Deal By Dr Ahmad Rashid Malik

Japanese defence has been changing since 2007, and it has undertaken harsh security measures at home and abroad including the reinterpretation of the Clause-9 of its constitution.

Read more December 16

New UN Chief | Editorial

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in on Monday as the ninth United Nations Secretary-General, pledging to work for peace, support sustainable development and reform the UN to become more effective.

Read more December 16

Climate Change Is Mauling the Arctic Worse Than We Even Thought | Robbie Gramer

Temperatures in the Arctic this year were the highest since records started more than a century ago, and are driving a decline in sea ice cover, snowpack melt, ocean acidification, and other environmental catastrophes that will accelerate the decline of the Arctic’s fragile ecosystem — with potentially dire consequences for the rest of the earth.

Read more December 15

China 'seriously concerned' after Trump questions Taiwan policy By Tom Phillips

The Chinese government has warned Donald Trump it is “seriously concerned” after the US president-elect indicated he might jettison a four-decade understanding with Beijing unless its leaders were prepared to strike a new “deal” with his administration.

Read more December 12

US, Europe Relationship By Rizwan Ghani

EUROPE brings a message of hope against rise of far right. The far right candidate in Austrian presidential election was defeated by a wide margin.

Read more December 12

Will Trump Stay or Go in Iraq? By John Hannah

Though the battle for Mosul has slowed to a crawl, the collapse of the Islamic State’s territorial caliphate — at least in its Iraqi incarnation — remains only a matter of time.

Read more December 11

The End of Globalism By Eric X. Li

When it rains, it pours. As the Great Recession, eurozone crisis, stalled trade deals, increased conflict between Russia and the West, electoral revolts against European political elites, and finally Brexitfollowed the 2008 financial meltdown, it seemed clear that globalization was running out of steam.

Read more December 10

Abe and Putin May Finally End World War II Next Week By Daniel Sneider, Noah Sneider

If all goes according to plan, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will slip into a steaming bath next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a hot spring in Abe’s hometown of Nagato, which faces Russia across the Sea of Japan.

Read more December 9

US-Russia Relations Under Trump Presidency: Will Reset Come To Pass? – Analysis By Bhavna Dave

Donald Trump’s pre-election admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin as a “strong leader” has raised hopes of a ‘reset’ of diplomatic relations since the deterioration of the US-Russia ties in this decade.

Read more December 8

The Rebalance and Asia-Pacific Security By Ash Carter

Since World War II, America’s men and women in uniform have worked day in and day out to help ensure the security of the Asia-Pacific. Forward-deployed U.S. personnel in the region—serving at Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base in South Korea

Read more December 7
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